Parties have no concern for the common man

As elections to the Punjab Assembly are hardly five days away, electioneering is hotting up. Unfortunately, successive governments in Punjab have succeeded only in one field - promoting and protecting the corrupt. Their high-cost ads, flinging mud on each other and claiming credit for exaggerated achievements expose their true colours.

The common man and his betterment are on no one’s agenda. The people of Punjab will have to pay for the extravagant style of our rulers, whoever comes to power. In this connection, it is hard to miss the relevance of a couplet from Khwaja Dil Mohammed (Ayena Akhlaq): Hakoomat khreedey jo dey dey ke mol/ Woh kanoon becheyga soney ke tol (Buyers of the right to rule will dispense justice at the price of gold.)

When I asked Khushwant Singh if he would like to read George Orwell’s Animal Farm again, he said: “No. We are living in one”. This is the state of affairs in the world’s largest democracy.

MOHAN SINGH,  Amritsar



Aditi Tandon’s report, Most undergraduates some matriculates was interesting (Jan 28). I have checked the educational qualifications of three Akali leaders who have been given party tickets from Gurdaspur District - Sucha Singh Langah (Dhariwal), Sewa Singh (Kahnuwan) both under matriculate and Gurbachan Singh Babehali (Gurdaspur), a matriculate.

This raises the question: why educated persons don’t contest elections? If educated and professionally qualified persons don’t contest, it bodes ill for the country. Why not make graduation mandatory for all contesting Assembly or parliamentary elections? We the people should goad the political parties to select only learned and educated candidates to contest elections.

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali (Gurdaspur)


Voters are squarely responsible for choosing candidates right or wrong. Thus, they have to perform their duty of selecting their representatives through the ballot box (or the electronic voting machine) with care and serious introspection. Before the polling day, let voters grill individual candidates to assess their suitability and aptitude.

Voters should teach a lesson to those who cheated them and had not kept their promises made in the 2002 Assembly elections. Only those with a clean track record and impeccable credentials should be elected to the new Assembly.

SOURABH BAMBA, Ferozepore City


The debate between Amritsar’s candidate for the Lok Sabha by-election Navjot Singh Sidhu (BJP) and Surinder Singla (Congress) has hit the rock bottom of political decency and moral bankruptcy. These worthies are supposed to be enlightened citizens and leaders in their own right. They should realise that they are in the fray as political opponents and not as enemies.

We the people need lawmakers of the highest calibre to enter the sacred portals of the State Assembly. Aggressive campaign would harm the cause they profess to espouse. Since campaigning is at its peak, the candidates would do well to put forth their views in a dignified manner and refrain from using unparliamentary and derogatory language against each other.



In the Punjab elections this time, political parties are blowing up money on advertisements to defend themselves. I wonder how the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal are getting money to insert huge colour advertisements in the newspapers on the same day. Public money is being wasted like the Corporation tap water. I request all political parties to spend this money on some constructive image building campaigns rather than fighting/countering and spoiling the outlook of our newspapers. The Election Commission, instead of issuing notices to the code violtors, should debar the few who are frequentlty violating the code of conduct.



No salute for cars with red lights 

When the whole society was debating the racial comments inflicted on Shilpa Shetty in London, rare efforts closer home to correct ourselves with respect to feudal and colonial mindsets are not noticed and appreciated.

In a recent order, the state government has spared the traffic police from saluting VIP cars with red beacons. Now the traffic police in the state will heave a sigh of relief and can concentrate more on their duty.

Our system is full of imperial designs, traditions and practices which we not only carry forward but also aspire for. That is the reason why we find innumerable vehicles with red beacons - a rare phenomenon elsewhere in the civilised world.

RAKESH SHARMA, Govt College, Shimla



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